ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shanthi Chandrasekar is a multimedia, multidisciplinary artist who has been drawing and painting since early childhood. Her interest in understanding different forms of visual media has led her to experiment with drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and papermaking. She has also been trained in the traditional art forms of Kolam and Tanjore-style painting. While many of her works are influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual.
She has won Individual Artist awards and grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, as well as the Maryland Traditions Master Apprentice Award to teach Kolam. Shanthi has exhibited and presented her work in several galleries and institutions including Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Gandhi Memorial Center, and the Smithsonian. She designed the Kolam concept for the 2021 Kolam Project that involved community participation to install a 1950-tile Kolam in Washington DC. Her artwork is in the DC Art Bank, Montgomery Public Art and other collections.
Ever since I can remember, curiosity has been my driving force, leading me to ask questions about everything around me. This has led to my constant exploration and experimentation of ideas and thoughts based on scientific and philosophical enquiry. Combining scientific facts and theories with my wild imagination has been fruitful in creating artwork that questions our known reality and seeking to learn more about the unknown.